Since 2009, the Institute for Information Sciences and Technologies (INS2I) has been coordinating CNRS research in the fields of computer science, control, signal and image processing, robotics and chip systems design. The development of Information sciences and technologies is at the core of contemporary digital changes and also has impacted other disciplines' research methodologies. The INS2I's mission is to support these profound structural changes by contributing to structuring what is still a relatively young discipline.


The INS2I works in collaboration with its academic, institutional and industrial partners to support and coordinate its laboratories' activities. The Institute supports the development of information science by promoting exchanges between fundamental research and its applications.

A new scientific field which also serves all disciplines

The calculation and modelling methods linked to the development of computer technologies have helped encourage the emergence of a fully-fledged scientific field with its own concepts and methods. Beyond the fields covered by the INS2I, the theoretical and methodological contributions made by information science apply to all scientific and technical disciplines and profoundly influence their development.

Supporting the advent of the digital society

Digital tools and services are changing the way we work with, communicate, produce and create connected objects, data sharing, telemedicine or artificial intelligence. The innovations developed in the INS2I laboratories in computer science, control, signal and image processing, robotics or system-on-chip design all contribute to the digital transformation of society.

The INS2I in figures

The INS2I currently supports the work of more than ten thousand research actors. To provide them with the best possible environment, the Institute invests in the development of high-performance national, European and international research structures.

4700 engineers and technicians

(including 650 CNRS staff)

1000 non-permanent staff

(including 480 CNRS staff)

5000 non-permanents

(including 3600 PhD students)

41 UMR

joint research units (UMR)


joint service units (UMS)

16 GdR

research networks (GdR)

The INS2I has an international presence thanks to:


(International Research Laboratory)

10 IRP

(International Research Project)


(International Research Networks)

Since 2010, the Institute has enabled the creation of:

235 Start-up companies
20% of CNRS start-up companies come from the INS2I

In laboratories linked to the INS2I, there are:

96 ERC

ERC researchers (with European Research Council grants)


The INS2I's work is based on around fifty research units which have close partnerships with universities, grandes écoles and the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (Inria). To respond to the challenges brought up by digital issues - including big data, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, etc. - the Institute also encourages collaboration projects between its laboratories and socio-economic actors or companies in the digital sector.

Since its creation in 2009, the INS2I has constantly consolidated and developed its research structures by restructuring its joint research units to better adapt them to site policies, creating new research networks to ensure better coverage of the discipline's themes and establishing strong and close links between the Institute's management and those responsible for the steering of these structures. The objective of all this is to build an agile governance and research ecosystem which is capable of rapidly adapting to changes in the environment, responding to emerging scientific challenges and mobilizing support resources. For example, recent years have seen the creation of several research federations which merged their component units and of research networks working on data science, AI, computer security and automatic language processing.

Organization chart

Director of the Institute for Information Sciences

The scientific team

Deputy Scientific Directors (5)

Deputy Scientific Director Section 06

Deputy Scientific Director Section 07

Deputy Scientific Director

Deputy Scientific Director for Transversal Scientific Programmes

Deputy Scientific Director Europe and International, industrial partnerships, Computing and Open Data

Scientific advisors (chargés de mission) (13)

Section 7

Section 6

Section 7

Section 6

Artificial Intelligence and digital infrastructures

Artificial Intelligence transversal project manager

Infrastructures scientific advisor

Partnership research and innovation scientific advisor

Head of research partnership and transfer

Open science scientific advisor

Administrative Team

Deputy administrative director

Management assistant

Scientific administration project officers (2)

Scientific administration and human resources project officer

Scientific administration and financial resources project officer

Secretary-administrator (2)

Communication (3)

Communication manager

Communication officer

Communication apprentice

Transverse missions

Gender parity and equality

Gender equality is a priority for the INS2I. The Institute works in compliance with the CNRS's national parity objectives to attract more young women to scientific careers and speed up the change towards parity and equality in the Institute's laboratories. Key statistics for the INS2I suggest that (rapid!) progress is possible if supported by a proactive policy and coordinated by the INS2I's parity/equality unit. The work of our researchers, academics and doctoral students is promoted along with different elements concerning the best practices to be applied in laboratories and scientific communities.

The INS2I's policy

The INS2I's gender equality policy is an integral part of the more general framework of CNRS policy on parity. In this context, the Institute aims to work in interaction with laboratories to remove obstacles to gender equality in research.

  • The first axis of the parity policy is to communicate with laboratories about the work of the CNRS Mission for Women's Integration along with the recommendations made by the CNRS Scientific Board and those formulated by the CNRS parity/equality committee.
  • The second line of action is the Institute's commitment to increasing long-term awareness through the implementation of detailed indicators and the definition of equality roadmaps in laboratories. This also involves providing support for the parity contact people in the Institute's laboratories. To achieve this, laboratories have been encouraged to exchange best practices through the creation of a mailing list and communication resources (best practices, hall of fame/"femme", etc.).
  • The third line of action focuses on female researchers' careers in four ways - improving the return to work from career breaks, helping them obtain authorisations to supervise research (HDR), enhancing and promoting the visibility of their research and finally increasing the number of women in posts of responsibility.

Finally in the medium term, our priority is actually to no longer require a parity policy by developing and promoting the concept of inclusiveness within INS2I laboratories.

Key figures

The scope of this work includes all units whose main supervisory authority is the INS2I (May 2020 figures).

23.3% of women
23% among CNRS scientific personnel
1.33 is the male advantage index

1.04 for CNRS personnel

The male advantage index can be defined as the ratio between the proportion of male senior researchers among male researchers/academics and the proportion of female senior researchers among female researchers/academics. A male advantage index greater than 1 means that the relative proportion of men promoted to senior researchers' posts is higher than the proportion of women.

The breakdown of women and men in each personnel category
Percentages of women among researchers and academics

Portraits of female researchers

Comic book portraits of women:

These are spotlight articles about women scientists in our communities written to help people discover the diversity of their research themes and profiles.

Laurence NigayClaire MathieuRaphaëlle CrubilléFrançoise Lamnabhi-LagarrigueLucile SassatelliPrix L'Oréal-Unesco 2019Ninon BurgosElisa FromontEleni Diamanti

Best practices developed within the community

The INS2I's parity/equality unit also regularly enriches a list of the numerous initiatives and best practices in the field of equality between women and men within the community. A network of parity/equal interlocutors has been set up in the laboratories, enabling the Institute to circulate this file freely to the scientific community

This document particularly concerns the laboratories' policies on the subject while aiming to dispel preconceptions about women scientists, support the careers of young women researchers, prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, make recommendations about the organisation of conferences and so forth.

The parity/equality unit

Head: Anne Siegel

Members: Pierre Chainais, Laurence Duchien, Estelle Hutschka, Mireille Moulin, Olivier Serre, Laure Thiébault


INS2I's parity/equality unit

The ERC unit

The INS2I's ERC unit was set up in July 2012. It is coordinated by Marie-Christine Rousset and currently made up of around 45 scientists who are either former grant winners or members of ERC juries, and sometimes both. The role of the ERC unit is to provide ERC-related information and help candidates to present the best possible applications.

The information initiatives involve the following:

  • the distribution of an ERC guide for candidates which is updated with each call to highlight new developments;
  • the distribution of an interview guide with explanations on how to best prepare for an interview and also feedback from previous candidates;
  • the distribution of a guide for reviewers for people who wish to help candidates by reviewing and commenting on their projects in the same way as an ERC reviewer might;
  • organising information meetings for both (1) potential candidates to provide with them with all necessary elements to consider making an ERC application and how to integrate this into their career plans, and (2) unit directors, team leaders and any scientists who may need to help candidates prepare their project.

The direct support initiatives for setting up an ERC project mostly involve:

  • proofreading and scientific patronage for each project by two experts from the unit. One is an "expert" and the other an "outside observer" who respectively work very closely to and more distantly from the project's chosen field;
  • interview rehearsals in conditions as close as possible to the actual ERC interview involving a group of experts from the unit to provide a simulation of the likely skills and diversity of ERC juries.

INS2I support for ERC projects is aimed at any researchers and academics working in fields covered by the INS2I's defined scientific scope regardless of their employer. Applicants from CNRS units under the INS2I's supervisory authority whose scientific activities are nonetheless outside this scientific scope are invited to contact Marie-Christine Rousset who will put them in touch with another CNRS institute's ERC correspondent.

To benefit from this support, please contact Marie-Christine Rousset when you have decided to make an actual application.

The INS2I's ERC grant winners







  Call Open Deadline
Starting Grant 



Consolidator Grant



Advanced Grant



Synergy Grant



Proof of Concept







Cellule ERC de l'INS2I

Evaluation and consultation bodies

 The National Committee for Scientific Research

The National Committee for Scientific Research (CoNRS) is made up of over 1000 national and international experts. It is a collective body which plays an essential role in French scientific life. Independence, competence, representativeness, sustainability, collegiality and transparency are the CoNRS's shared values, the aim of which is to guarantee the relevance and coherency of its evaluations.

The INS2I works under two Committee sections dedicated to information science as well as an interdisciplinary commission (CID):

  • section 6 - Foundations of Computer Science, Computation, Algorithms, Data and Knowledge Representation, Information Processing

Here you can consult the list of members of section 6

  • section 7 - Image and signal processing, computer graphics and vision, embedded systems and systems on chips, robotics, automatic control, human machine interaction, speech and language processing

Here you can consult the list of members of section 7

  • CID 51 - Modelling and analysis of biological data and systems: approaches through computer science, mathematics, and physics

Here you can consult the list of members of CID

The Institute's Scientific Council

The Institutes' Scientific Councils advise and provide assistance by giving Institute directors their opinions and recommendations from a prospective standpoint on relevance and potential of their Institutes' projects.

They are made up of 24 members representing the full diversity of research: research directors, researchers, engineers, technicians, CNRS personnel and others.

Here you can consult the list of the members of the INS2I Scientific Council

Coordination bodies

The Alliance of Digital Sciences And Technologies (Allistene)

In 2009 the INS2I set up the Alliance of Digital Sciences And Technologies (Allistene) with its academic and institutional partners (CEA, CDEFI, CPU, Inria, ITM). The Institute co-leads several working groups in this network which coordinates different actors in the field including a working group on Cybersecurity. It also participates in the Allistene Commission on the Ethics of Research in Digital Sciences and Technologies (Cerna).

The Allistene website

Find out more about the Cybersecurity working group

Find out more about the Cerna

The Computer Society of France (SIF)

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The Institute supports the work of the Computer Society of France (SIF). Every year this association awards the Prix Gilles Kahn for theses to promote the work of the most promising computing researchers.

The SIF website

Find out more about the Prix Gilles Kahn for theses